More Covid-19 Cases Reported in Wisconsin
Update: 3/10 4:30 p.m. A third case of Covid-19 was reported, the second in Dane county. This information came in after this report was filed.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been updating the public by video conference concerning the coronavirus, and Tuesday's program including information on the latest cases.
A patient in Pierce county has become the second confirmed case, two others in Dane county..
State Health Officer Jeanne Ayers...
"Two new cases of Covid-19. The cases are in Pierce and Dane counties. Both patients caught the illness while traveling in the United States and are currently in isolation at home. We wish the patients a speedy recovery..."
Ayers says health officials are finding out who the patients had contact with and to determine if those people need to be tested. Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases says they'e working toward keeping the outbreak in check...
"Where we are right now in response to the epidemic is one of containment, which means when we hear of cases we partner with local public health officials, identify contacts and pro-actively reach out to people and let them know they've been exposed and then recommend the appropriate symptom monitoring. That's still the phase we're at. We're doing testing and case-finding as aggressively as possible so that we can do those containment measures as well as we can..."
The Centers for Disease Control reports two cases in neighboring Minnesota, 8 in Iowa and 11 in Illinois. Washington state, California and New York state have the most reported cases. Washington has had 22 deaths. We have a video link to the media conference https://vimeo.com/396753038/20fc2331b6">here.